Ask The Cosmetic Dentist
Cosmetic Dentist: Do Gold Crowns Damage The Tooth?
Question: Do gold crowns damage the teeth over time?
DDS: No, a properly fitted crown should not damage your tooth over time.
Would I qualify for veneers?
Question: My top front teeth are very thin on the bottom and slowly chipping away. Would I qualify for veneers?
DDS: It is possible that you may be a candidate for veneers of some type; however, before I placed any type of veneer, I would want to know why your teeth are “slowly chipping away.” I would recommend a consultation/evaluation with a dentist who can help you correct the cause of the “chipping.” This way you can protect the investment you will make in restoring your teeth.
Questions about Veneers
My question: is some of the veneer work covered under insurance and do i have to have all of my teeth done? what are of cost veneers?
DDS: You asked three questions and I will answer them in order:
1) Most insurance benefit plans consider veneers cosmetic, and they would not be a covered benefit.However, if you have had previous extensive dental work done on the teeth that need veneers, your dentist could submit it as a 3/4 crown and try to get you some coverage.
2) You and your dentist will have to decide how many teeth need to be done. Have your dentist show side view photos of yourself to see how broad your smile is, this is a view you normally can not see, but it shows how other people see you. I help my patients make a decision based on photos, a diagnostic mock up, their goals, and budget . In my office some people elect to do the upper front 6, or 8, or 10 teeth, some people also will elect to do the lower 6-8 front teeth.
3) The cost of veneers can vary depending on many factors including area of the country, Dr. experience and expertice, lab costs, and other overhead costs.I would say an average range is from USD$900 t0 USD$2000, per veneer and USD$280 to USD$350 in Dental Solutions Los Algodones, México. I would strongly recommend that you have your Dr do tiral or mock veneers first to see if you like them, this adds to the cost but is worth it.
- The cost for a filling in the USA: $235; in Mexico $55
- The cost of a single dental crown in the USA: $1250; in Los Algodones Mexico $350
- The cost for root canal, post and crown in the USA: $2,195; in Los Algodones Mexico $450
- The cost of dental implant, abutment and crown in USA: $3,850; in Los Algodones Mexico $1,350